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Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Now that all the particulars are out of the way,
on to my projects.
I have 2 projects to share with you.
The first is a gift card holder/birthday card.
Since I don't have the equipment for a video,
this post is very heavy on pictures.
But hopefully you'll find it worth your time.
Starting with a piece of red card stock  11" x 4 1/4"
score along the long side at 2", 7 1/4" and 7 3/8"
The insert piece is white card stock cut to 6 1/2" x 3 3/4"
score along the long side at 1 3/4" and 6"
Burnish all the score lines.
(If you click on the picture,you can see that there are
actually 2 folds very close together.)
punch a notch 1" from each side on the smaller flap.
Use Washi Tape along the bottom of the small flap,
close to the fold.
The tape should go all the way around the card.
This is not only decorative, but it holds the flap closed.
I used 2 pieces of Washi Tape on my card I think it
gives it a bit more security and also looks more finished.
Place strong adhesive along the small flap of the 
insert piece of card stock.
I used Score Tape, but use whatever works for you.
Line up the edge of the insert right along the 7 3/8" fold.
Use Glue Dots at the corners of the flap that makes
the pocket.  This will make a pocket for the gift card.
The insert can now be slid into the pocket,
the card front will stay closed when 
tucked behind the center flap of the pocket.
To decorate the front of my card,
I cut 4 Happy Birthday sentiments with my 
Silhouette Cameo out of white card stock.
I ran them through my Xyron sticker machine
and layered them on top of one another.
I then coated them with VersaMark ink ,
covered them with silver embossing powder
and heat set them.
The Happy Birthday was adhered directly to the front
of the card.  I also cut some stars and
embossed them, they were adhered with foam tape.
On the inside of the card, I stamped
"Celebrate" which is from a very old
Scrappy Cat  stamp set.
You can see, when you open the card,
the pocket with the gift card pulls out.
Here is a side shot showing how the 
gift card goes down into the pocket.
I think my son will like this card,
I made it for him, we'll be celebrating his
birthday on Sunday.

Now for my 2nd project.
Did you know that you could stamp and use
Distress Crayons on canvas.
This is my first time doing this and I know
I'll be doing more of this technique.
This canvas is very small, only 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
First it needs to be prepped with Gesso.
The Distress Crayons blend out much better
when it has the base of Gesso.
I used a sponge paint brush,
but you can use whatever is available to apply
the Gesso, or whatever base you might like best.
Since this canvas is mounted on a wood frame,
I had to fill in the back with pieces of cardboard.
This gives a firm surface to stamp onto.
I used my Mini MISTI
to stamp one of the birds from 
onto the canvas with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
It did take a couple stampings since it was onto canvas.
(The set I have is not this same set, it is one that
I found that has 3 birds, 3 matching dies, a few 
word stamps and an embossing folder.
The set is called Bird Talk.)
I used the Distress Crayons and laid down a little
color around the sides of the bird.
Using my water brush I blended out the crayon.
This is what it blends out to with a little bit of water.
I then added another color and blended that out.
I dried the crayon between layers and continued to 
add color until I was satisfied with how the bird looked.
These are the colors I used for the project.
As you can see I colored some "dirt" under my bird
and "sky" on the rest of the canvas.
The sentiment are words from the 
Bird Talk set.
I did use the fine tip of a black Prismacolor Marker 
to go over the lines of the bird,
as the crayons did dull it a bit.
I'm very happy with how my little painting
turned out, especially for a first time effort.
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Andrea1702 said...

Cute projects!I'm so glad you posted pictures and dimensions for the gift card holder. Definitely want to try that!

Shirley said...

Very nice gift card, great design as well as very cute bird project (TH Bird crazy my favorite stamp set), love it!!

Kamila Routsis * Life In Moments said...

Awesome projects! Great gift card holder and that canvas with the TH birdie is fantastic!

bkazoo said...

Great card and wonderful instructions. Thanks!

Robin said...

Thanks for joining the blog hop! I've learned something from each contributor and your projects are so fun.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Both of your projects are so cute and fun! Your gift card holder is adorable and thanks for sharing all the steps! I've not tried the Distress Crayons yet - your canvas looks amazing! TFS and have a great weekend!

Julie Wexler said...

Love both projects! The first, a perfect masculine color combo I'll have to try! And the canvas idea- brilliant ! I've been looking for things to do on canvas, and you've created an inspired way to do just that! Thank you!

Lori Wisneski-Wenger said...

You always amaze me with your creativity! What a wonderful project! Thanks for the inspiration!

Henri√ętte said...

Both are great projects! and well instructed to.

Bev Chapman said...

Very cute idea with the crazy bird. Thanks for sharing.

foggy b said...

Creating the right card for a man can be difficult, so this card idea is definitely being pinned, and used in future. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Your little canvas is so cute! I can't believe it was your first canvas w/distress crayons. You did an awesome job and yes, I feel inspired to do the same. :-)

~amy~ said...

Such fun projects! Love the gift card holder and that bird is so awesome!

barbara macaskill said...

Sweet! Your gift card holder is so pretty and I love the canvas!! Adorable!! TFS!

Mary Gillmarten said...

I love your tiny canvas and thanks for the detailed tutorial on the gift card card :)! I've enjoyed this blog hop -- I started at SSS, I've enjoyed "meeting" simon and his friends! :)

Amy C. said...

I like your fun folded card and how it holds a gift card! Your bird canvas art is so darling!

Barbara Green said...

Love the gift card holder. Glad you used the distress crayons on canvas very nice to know. Thank you for sharing.

Jenniferk said...

Both of your project are fantastic! I love the canvas you did with the crazy bird, so fun and your gift card holder is so pretty.

Taniesa Vlasak said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Mitts said...

Cute cute cute love it

Kathy Mitts said...

Cute cute cute love it

Dee Earnshaw said...

Awesome projects and tutorial

Mary Holshouser said...

Love those Crazy Birds.
The canvas is great.
Whoever receives the birthday card
will be thrilled. it is so pretty
and colorful.
thanks for sharing.

Nancy Lynn said...

Kristie, I'm a grandmother so I'm always looking for card projects that include gift card holders....I love that your's is included inside the card and who doesn't love the color red! Great to know that you can use Distress Crayons on canvas because I had no idea and in fact, I haven't even used my Crayons yet....thank you for that because now I think I will make some wall decor for my craft room!!! TFS Kristie!

Angie Williams said...

I love your gift card. I love anytime I can use washi tape. And the little bird with the distress crayons is adorable. I haven't purchased the crayons yet I have been a little hesitant because I wasn't sure if I would use them as much as I do my distress inks and markers, but after seeing your project using them I am excited about trying them. Tfs Kristie

Woendi Levitt said...

Love these projects. Great gift card idea and those little birds are so fun. TY for sharing

Casie Williams said...

Your step-by-step pictures really help me understand the process for making the gift card holder. Thanks!

KariL said...

Such cute projects. I love how you did the card/gift card holder, what a great idea. The crazy bird canvas is awesome!

Patty said...

Both cute projects!! Specially love the crazy bird canvas..I have the whole crazy bird set & dies & accessories & they are just too much fun to play with!!

Joy Revert said...

I love how the gift cards pops up as you open it. I will definitely try this on my Daughters birthday card as her birthday is a couple weeks away.

knottedscraps said...

Hahahah that crazy bird on canvas is da bomb! Too cute! Hahah love the gift card holder too! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie Vasel said...

Love love love that bird!
Makes me smile every time.

bzyPTmom said...

Thanks for the great tutorial--love Tim's crazy birds stamps! Thanks for supporting another young crafter!

Renee said...

Fantastic projects, I'm sure your son will LOVE the card as much as the gift card!!!

Jill S. said...

Super cute gift card holder and love the bird canvas. Great new technique to me and will be loking for the " Birdtalk" set as well.Jill

Sally Clum said...

What an interesting card! Thanks for sharing your project. It offers so many possibilities!

Creepy Glowbugg said...

What fabulous projects, Kristie. I adore that little canvas bird!!

Maureen Reiss said...

Love your gift card holder!! Your Crazy bird mini canvas is Awesome!!

Sue D said...

Cute gift card holder design and love the bird on the colorful canvas.

ScrapaDiddle said...

Very sweet cards and could be sent to male or female!

Cheryl H said...

Love your canvas!! Would have never thought of that

Leticia Castro said...

Your card was too cute, but I lived that canvas what size was that canvas (or did I miss it)?

Linda Carson said...

Wonderful b-day gift card!! Thanks for the tutorial! Your canvas art looks fabulous!! Creative idea!!

D.Ann C said...

What a cool gift card holder and fab canvas!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Wow. I love your clever card holder

Ladyj711 said...

Two great projects. I really liked the way the bird was colored, really nice! ( and I like the washi tape card peeking out after this BLOGHOP)
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Mom and wife. said...

Very lovely project.

Oliev said...

Great card and awesome birdie on canvas, love it!

Dawn Meade said...

I made a canvas art with a stamped balloon. You can see it here if interested,
It didn't turn out like yours so I covered it with a stamped piece of paper & tried to UTEE it with melt pot but it warped. I will have to try the larger MISTI. I just bought it. Thank you for inspiring me to try stamping on canvas again because I love the endless possibilities.

Karen B. said...

Your canvas is so cool as is your card!

Carolee McCaslin said...

LOVE your gift card holder tutorial and your crazy bird canvas!!!

Wahnita Hammond said...

WOW! Stunning projects!!! Thank you for sharing the tutorial for the gift card will come in handy! :)

Trina P. said...

Fun projects. Love the pocket card.

Aimee Phillips said...

Loved both. The pocket card would come in handy with holidays approaching.

Denise Bryant said...

Love your gift card holder and canvas projects! The Crazy Birds are so fun, aren't they! Thanks for the tutorial on the gift card holder and the tips on using the MISTI on the canvas!

Cynthia Cole said...

Great projects and tutoral on how you made them.

Melissa Friedrich said...

Awesome projects! Love the gift card holder and the distress crayon-on-canvas project! Great pics and tutorial too

valerie Spadoro said...

Love your canvas project! I never thought to use my Misti to stamp on canvas, what a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mirella said...

Two lovely projects! That canvas is so fun - I love those birds! Very nice post with great tutorial photos and information, too!

Kajcyika said...

Such a great design! :)

Barb Somerson said...

Very cute card, love the bird.

Teresa Doyle said...

Great projects Kristie. Thanks for the great tutorial!

CarlavdM said...

Wonderfull card and project you have made.
Thank you for the photo sharing on the how-to-do-it tooo

Brenda in IN said...

Hi Kristie, this is my first time here and love your card and canvas today. The canvas is so cute and a wonderful idea. Your birthday card is one you could also use for a great male card. Thanks for sharing.

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Awesome creations. Thanks for including the great photos.

BunnyD said...

What great directions on how the gift card holder is constructed. I love Tim's Crazy Birds! Have you seen his new Dogs? They are a hoot too!

Sabrina said...

Fabulous and darling projects!!

Karen Rogers said...

great & useful projects, distress crayons on my wishlist

Jessica Gerstner said...

Great projects! Thanks for taking the time to show how it's done!

Super Stick Chick said...

Great projects. Thanks for the step-by-steps.

Lynne in NI said...

Fab gift card holder (thanks for the step by step), and I love your canvas too!

Lagene said...

Great projects! Thanks for the instructions!

helenbrendan said...

Fabulous gift card holder! What I'm really excited about is your project that uses the distress crayons. I've been reluctant to use them but I really like what you did with them and will give them a whirl. Great projects!

helenbrendan said...

Fabulous gift card holder! What I'm really excited about is your project that uses the distress crayons. I've been reluctant to use them but I really like what you did with them and will give them a whirl. Great projects!

Valerie Breingan said...

I think your son will love it.Truly nice and clean.

Kim Kern said...

Such a cute card!!! Love it.

Judie said...

Awesome card and creations! said...

Two terrific projects and tutorials!! I haven't gotten the Distress crayons yet but your project makes me want them right away!! TFS!

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Beautiful projects!!!

Marta said...

Cool designs!!

Tricia Ann said...

Yours is a clever and cute, useful card. The canvas turned out cute, too.

TracyM #6773 said...

FUN & FABULOUS gift card holder!!!
LOVE how you used the envelope punch board (I need to use it more often), LOVE the heat embossing on the sentiment too!!!
CUTE canvas ... more products and techniques for me to buy and try :)
THANK YOU for sharing!!!

Taunya Butler said...

What cool, fun, and very clever projects!! Love the gift card holder!!